Respiratory Therapy

Equipment Information And Education

We understand that healthcare issues can be challenging, and we are here to help.

Here is some background information to help you better understand sleep tests, CPAPs, BiPAPs, compliance, and cleaning and maintenance.

Remember that you can always contact our respiratory therapists with questions at any time by calling 954-772-5052.

Sleep studies are tests that record the activity of your body during sleep. They are helpful in determining any kind of sleep disorder you may have. There are usually two types of tests performed:

  1. Baseline: this is a very common test that simply records your breathing patterns and other bodily changes when sleeping. This test helps determine if you have any type of sleeping disorder, most commonly obstructive sleep apnea, and if you need medical assistance.
  2. Titration: If you do require additional help when sleeping, then this type of sleep test is necessary to determine the amount of air pressure needed. Each machine exerts a specific amount of pressure to open your airways and allow for consistent airflow.

These tests are not performed at American HomeCare, but we can refer you to a specialty sleep lab to perform the tests.

The Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine is a ventilator that creates positive airway pressure by applying mild air pressure on a continuous basis through the nose and/or mouth to keep a patient's airways continuously open. This device is non-invasive and commonly used for patients with obstructive sleep apnea.

The Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP) is a similar device to the CPAP; however, it uses a time-cycled change between two different applied levels of airway pressure. In other words, this device detects inspiratory and expiratory pressure changes that compliment the patient's own respiratory cycle, optimizing the lungs' efficiency and reducing the effort of breathing. The BiPAP is calibrated to each individual and must meet certain requirements before use.

Each insurance company requires that you use your equipment for a certain amount of hours each day. Depending on each individual case, and the treatment prescribed, you must comply with a specific amount of usage. These requirements are for your own health and wellbeing.

Each machine requires periodic cleaning and maintenance.